AUTHOR: Sudip Kar Purkayastha
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armed patriotism. Unlike 1857, this struggle was not a shortlived intense, violent upheaval that could be savagely subdued. India was patient and determined for a longhaul struggle. This captivating work brings a large part of this fascinating period back to life. It records, in a single canvas, complex strands of events beginning with the 1877 grand Durbar at Delhi, to the eve of Indian Provincial Elections in 1936. It chronicles the sacrifice of the revolutionaries, political challenge by the Swarajya Party, mass movements led by Gandhi, identity politics of Jinnah, British strategy of ‘divide and rule’ to frustrate the Indian aspirations, and finally Congress’s submission into participating in the 1936 elections. A second part of this narration in Volume II begins from 1937, where we leave the reader in this book.It describes the culmination of this grand movement in the midnight of 15 August 1947 and the legacy that the new India inherited.
Sudip Kar Purkayastha has a multidisciplinary academic background and is credited with a PhD (Arts), Masters in Business Administration, post graduate diplomas in Journalism and Bank Management. A former banker, he held senior management responsibilities in a large public sector bank. Growing up in Kolkata, he had the privilege to interact with several freedom fighters, particularly with Rasomoy Sur, a famed revolutionary connected to the BenoyBadalDinesh episode in the Writers Building during India's freedom struggle. In his PhD thesis titled, ‘An evaluation of the role and performance of foreign banks in India’, he had to work on the brief history of banks operating in India, starting from the eighteenth century till date. The thesis was highly commended by Prof Clem Tisdell of Queensland University, Australia. Purkayastha was also editor of a journal on bank marketing. He has been retelling the immortal Indian epic, Mahabharat, in English in a bilingual spiritual quarterly, Sri Sanai, in a series. He is also the author of Check Your Knowledge in Mutual Fund, Bank Marketing in the Changing Landscape of Retail Banking in India (an ebook); Mahabharat (Trilogy) Part One: Return of the Princes (an e book). On the Road to Freedom is his debut work on Indian history. Purkayastha has brought the objectivity and penchant for precision common to a financial analyst into this book, which gives it a unique candour.